|Photographer:||Chris Hunsicker [View profile]||Title:||HMS Sandown M101||Added:||Sep 22, 2006|
|Location:||Portsmouth, United Kingdom|
||Mine Warfare Ships|
|One of the de-commissioned Sandown class minehunters being moved inside Portsmouth harbour. 12//9/06
Type: Single Role Mine Hunter In Service From: 1989
Displacement: 484 tons Length: 52.5 m Beam: 10.9 m Draught: 2.3 m
Machinery: 2 shaft diesels, 1500 BHP Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 34 (7 officers, 27 ratings)
Armament: 1x 30mm gun (UK ships), 1 twin 30mm guns (Saudi ships) MCM Equipment: 2 - PAP remotely controlled submarines (ROV), Towed sweeps, plus clearance divers.
The Sandown class minehunter is a class of Royal Navy mine hunter. The first vessel entered service in 1989.
These small (53 metre) fibreglass vessels are technically single role mine hunters (SRMH) rather than minesweepers. 12 ships were built for the British Navy and 3 ships were exported to Saudi Arabia.
Three ships have been decommissioned following the Strategic Defence Review in 2003, these are HMS Sandown, HMS Inverness and HMS Bridport, additionally a further ship HMS Cromer was transferred to a training role at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England in 2001.